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A new portrait of Princess Diana’s grandmother has royal fans seeing double.
Charles Spencer, brother of the late Lady Di, took to Instagram Monday to share a charcoal sketch of their grandmother, Cynthia Spencer, that fans immediately likened to the Princess of Wales.
“My grandmother, Cynthia — captured in charcoal by Sargent, in 1919, the year in which she married my grandfather,” Spencer, 56, captioned the portrait. “A very well-liked and respected figure locally, her presence is still felt: the local hospice is named ‘Cynthia Spencer Hospice’ in her memory. She died in 1972.”
“I see Lady Diana❤️,” wrote one follower within the comment section, with another adding, “Diana looks a lot like her. I read that she did a lot of charity and was dubbed the angel in hospitals in her town. And I read that Diana was inspired by her since she was a kid.”
“A very beautiful lady … Diana really resembles her with those gorgeous Spencer eyes ❤️,” added another fan of the piece.
The artist behind the sketch, John Singer Sargent, was an American expat considered the “leading portrait painter” of his generation.
According to the Daily Mail, another picture of Cynthia, dating back to 1923, can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Cynthia married Albert Spencer in 1919. The couple raised a daughter, Lady Anne Spencer, and a son, Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, father to Princess Diana and Charles.
A statue of Diana by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley is set to be unveiled in the UK on July 1 — what would have been her 60th birthday.
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